New Directing Staff Announced For Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins
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The new SAS: Who Dares Wins directing staff line-up has been announced.
Ant Middleton was dropped by the show earlier this year over his 'personal conduct', and now there's been a rejig of the military instructors who will be putting contestants through their paces.
Former United States Recon Marine Rudy Reyes is the new Chief Instructor, and together with former US Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke, they will join Jason 'Foxy' Fox and Mark 'Billy' Billingham to form the new elite directing staff team.
The series, due to be released next year, will be filmed at a secret base in Jordan.
In a statement, Channel 4 said: "Further cementing the 'special relationship' between the United Kingdom and United States, the new directing staff band of brothers will join forces to draw on their military experiences from both sides of the Atlantic, to create the toughest selection course yet.
"Testing their mental and physical ability, in the unforgiving Middle Eastern heat in Jordan, the new cohort of civilian and celebrity recruits will discover whether they have what it takes to pass this unique SAS selection course."
New Chief Instructor Reyes is a highly decorated Special Forces operator with multiple military awards to his name. The 50-year-old joined the United States Marine Corps and passed training for Marine Recon - an elite fighting force of only 300 troops.
He was a team leader for over 50 patrols behind enemy lines, being honoured as team leader of the year when he lead operations in Fallujah and Ramadhi, Iraq.
Reyes was a member of the lead combat force that entered both Afghanistan and Iraq and his unit was depicted in the book and HBO mini-series Generation Kill, in which he played himself.
Adeleke is a former SEAL, who was born in West Africa and brought up in New York City.
He joined the Navy in 2002 and later the elite Navy SEAL programme, serving for 13 years on active duty.
Welcoming his new colleagues, Foxy said: "Having worked closely with our US brothers in the past it's great to be back with them delivering next level brutality on this new selection course, in the most savage of environments.
"Definitely the spiciest one yet. 'Hoorah!' - as my American Marine brothers would say."
The seventh series of SAS: Who Dares Wins and the fourth series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins will both air on Channel 4 in 2020, with exact release dates yet to be confirmed.